Fun Activities for the Family!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know that Family Fun is my favorite magazine for kids.  It’s full of entertaining ideas, craft projects, yummy recipes, and games.  Last June, Family Fun Magazine launched Badges of Fun – a yearlong program that celebrates family time.  Each month, families have had the opportunity to earn themed badges by participating in fun activities together. This month is the LAST MONTH and the badge is Get Active!   

To earn the badge your family needs to complete one of the suggested activities.  There were three activities this month: Take a HikeHop on Your Bike, and Play in Your Yard.

I was sent an activity kit to get my family active and having fun.  The first activity was to take a hike.  We created this trail tote by painting the bottom compartments of an egg carton in various colors.  I tasked the boys with filling each compartment with items found in nature in matching colors.  Bryce took charge of the painting and we set off to find all sorts of colorful items…

 They did pretty good.  We actually found every color except for blue!  They tried to convince me that the sky counted and failing that, they were both wearing blue shoes :)  

The second activity was to take a bike ride.  We take bike rides several times a week and this week was no exception.  My boys love to ride and it’s a great way for us to get some exercise and have fun at the same time.  We also get to the park a whole lot faster on bikes!

Playing in our yard was the third activity.  The boys love to play in the front and the back every day – all day – if they can!  Reece and Bryce set up a bean bag toss on the sidewalk using chalk lines as “levels”.  Once they got all the bean bags in the bucket at one level they would take a step back and try again.  I just set up a little bucket and they tossed away!  


 Here’s Reece working on his jump rope skills.  The most important this is he was having fun!

After you’ve earned your badge, you can print a custom display poster to show off your “Get Active” badge to remind your family to stay active and healthy!  (You can also tear out this poster from the May issue of Family Fun.)  What do you and your family do to stay active?  Our boys are bike riders – they LOVE to ride bikes so we do that a lot.  I think it’s so important to keep our children active and healthy and I love that we can ALL have fun doing just that!

Disclosure:  I received fun props to help illustrate ways to get active.  No other compensation was received for writing this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Comments

  1. Such great ideas for the boys!

  2. Wonderful ideas, I am going to do the color matching things outside, my kids will love that. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a fun activity! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop…I am already a follower :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

  4. My kids would love this!!!! I am visiting from Thee Blog Hop and I am a new follower! I hope you will stop by http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ and do the same.

    Robin

  5. That’s a great suggestion. My daughter would love that! Have to try it. Love for you to link up to Mom’s Monday Mingle. Following you from LInes Across.

    http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com

    p.s. I guess we are having eggs for lunch so I can use the carton. LOL!

  6. What a cool idea! I would love it if you linked this up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now.
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/05/tuesday-confessional-link-party-52112.html
    See you soon!
    ~Macy

  7. Great ideas. I love the color-finding activity. These pictures are so cute too. I featured this on my Facebook page today. Thanks so much for sharing each week at Lines Across.

    http://www.facebook.com/linesacross

  8. LOVE this idea. My toddler is obsessed with colour matching and finding little treasures – this combines her two favourite things. Pinning this :)

  9. What a great idea! I’m going to do this with my preschooler.

    I’d love it if you’d link up with me at Off the Hook!
    http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/off-hook-2.html

  10. I am going to do this RIGHT NOW!!! thanks for the idea

  11. Yay for great ideas! So fun! I love it! We’d love for you to join the party at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers will like your ideas as well! :)
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-12-summer-series-preview/

  12. Some lovely outdoor activities here for children. It ties in perfectly with my Country Kids linky so do please pop over and link with me there too and spread the healthy outdoor message.

  13. so cool! my 4 and 2 year old would totally enjoy the take a hike/egg carton activity!!!

  14. What a good idea. I’ve pinned this to my “kids” page. Thank you for sharing it.

  15. so cool – my kids would love this! – I found you via linky – I’ve joined your site, and off to have a good look around the blog – yay – would love you to come visit me (& join if you can – it’ll help make my husband shush about all the time I spend crafting/blogging!):
    http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.com/

  16. Love the idea.. Very creative and educational

  17. Great idea! My little one is still to little but I will remember this for when she gets older. Hopped over from the Crafty Blog Stalker blog. Thanks for sharing.
    Karri
    http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com

  18. So fun! We would LOVE for you to stop over and link this post up and any others in our Crafty Showcase. Our showcase runs from Sat-Thur and then on Friday our designers pick their favorite to be featured.

    Stop on over and share! We even have a linky for ETSY and Crafty Businesses. http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/06/09/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-5/#

    Thanks, Susie @Bowdabra

  19. These are gifts for kids and entertainment is well.

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